© 2015 Elsevier Inc. We consider an n-dimensional piecewise smooth vector field with two zones separated by a hyperplane σ which admits an invariant hyperplane Ω transversal to σ containing a period annulus A fulfilled by crossing periodic solutions. For small discontinuous perturbations of these systems we develop a Melnikov-like function to control the persistence of periodic solutions contained in A. When n=3 we provide normal forms for the piecewise linear case. Finally we apply the Melnikov-like function to study discontinuous perturbations of the given normal forms.
- Crossing periodic solutions
- Limit cycles
- Lyapunov-Schmidt reduction
- Normal forms
- Piecewise differential system